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Thursday, September 16, 2004

Can You Feel the Draft


Edwards: No military draft if Democrats win

Vice presidential candidate John Edwards promised a West Virginia mother on Wednesday that if the Democratic ticket is elected in November the military draft would not be revived.

During a question-and-answer session, the mother of a 23-year-old who recently graduated from West Virginia University asked Edwards whether the draft would be reinstated.

"There will be no draft when John Kerry is president," Edwards said, a statement that drew a standing ovation.


[Meanwhile, in a related story,]


In line with today's needs, the SSS' [Selective Service System] structure, programs, and activities should be re-engineered toward maintaining a national inventory of American men and (for the first time) women, ages 18 through 34, with an added focus on identifying individuals with critical skills."

This document is dated 11 February 2003 and was written by several Undersecrataries at the Department of Defense. Surely this document is known by Doug Feith, the #3 man at the Pentagon (he is Undersecretary of Defense for Policy).